Gays Off the Ballot!
Jeanne Wilcke, President of Downtown Independent Democrats Schemed to Keep Jim Owles Democratic Club Slate of Judicial Delegates off the Ballot

October 7, 2013                                         

Wilcke
Jeanne Wilcke, President of the Downtown Independent Democrats schemed to keep Jim Owles Democratic Club Judicial Delegate Slate off the ballot


Downtown Independent Democrats District Leader Paul Newell, Jeanne Wilcke's Co-conspirator

 

Jeanne Wilcke, President of Downtown Independent Democrats (DID), actively sought to prevent the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club 11 candidates for Judicial Delegates and 2 candidates for Alternates, a majority of whom are gay and lesbian, from being on the September 10, 2013 primary ballot. Jim Owles LDC is a 9 year old gay and lesbian city-wide democratic club whose mission is to “stand for the basic human rights, dignity and freedom for all people” and stands with progressive candidates who advance those principles. The President, Allen Roskoff is co-author of the nation's first gay rights bill.

Jeanne Wilcke made this effort even though the Jim Owles LDC filed petitions with 1,504 signatures from registered voters – more than 3 times the required number of signatures - Wilcke was greeted with the  explicit refusal of the Presidents of Village Independent Democrats and Village Reform Democrats to participate in her effort. Wilcke's objection was based solely on a technical issue which the City Board of Elections allowed us to "cure" within a three day period, which we did. She dropped the effort when an attorney advised her that it would most likely not be successful and the other two clubs refused to participate. Her efforts were made public by e-mails originated and exchanged between Wilcke and members of the three Democaritc clubs. Copies of the e-mails were sent to Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club President Allen Roskoff by outraged and concerned Democratic leaders. Jeasnne Wilcke is virtually unknown in the LGBT community and certainly has never been a participant in our struggles. This seems to be her first foray in the gay rights community and unfortunately it involves efforts to inflict damage. It should be noted that Wilcke's slate of 11 delegates and 11 alternates included zero known members of the LGBT community. 

Among the candidates that Ms. Wilcke’s effort would have kept off the ballet were Bridget Marks, perhaps the nation's foremost defender of women abused in custody court, police oversight expert Scott Caplan, veteran gay rights activist Wayne Sunday and attorneys Justin Carroll and Brian Jenks. Knocking prominents gays and a prominent women rights activist off the ballot on a technicality may go over well in Texas but not in a district in which the modern gay rights and feminist movement originated. The same holds true for trying to deprive the voters a choice of whom to vote for. Had Wilcke been successful in her efforts it would have meant she would have run unopposed and therefore guaranteed to have been elected. 

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club is particularly distressed that DID District Leader Paul Newell, a Jim Owles Governing Board member, played an active role in this effort. “As a person who proclaims democratic and political reform values, Paul should have objected to this effort,” stated Roskoff. Based on Mr. Newell’s expressed desire to remain on the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Board of Governors, the Governing Board voted to request an apology and a commitment to act more responsibly both as a self proclaimed progressive Democrat and as a current Jim Owles Board of Governor member. 

Officers

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

  1. Hon. Eric Adams
  2. George Arzt
  3. Lance Bass
  4. John Blair
  5. Mark Benoit
  6. Hon. Rodneyse Bichotte
  7. Hon. Jonathan Bing
  8. Matthew Bond
  9. Erik Bottcher
  10. Hon. Gale Brewer
  11. Danny Burstein
  12. Robin Byrd
  13. Tiffany Cabán
  14. Christian Campbell
  15. Gus Christensen
  16. Hon. Martin Connor
  17. Tom Connor
  18. Hon. Jon Cooper
  19. Wilson Cruz
  20. Hon. Laurie Cumbo
  21. Alan Cumming
  22. Michael Czaczkes
  23. Hon. Bill de Blasio
  24. Aries Dela Cruz
  25. Jon Del Giorno
  26. Kyan Douglas
  27. James Duff
  28. Hon. Ronnie Eldridge
  29. Hon. Rafael Espinal
  30. Marc Fliedner
  31. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  32. Dan Gettleman
  33. Jason Goldman
  34. Emily Jane Goodman
  35. Hon. Mark Green
  36. Tony Hoffmann
  37. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  38. Binn Jakupi
  39. Hon. Letitia James
  40. Hon. Corey Johnson
  41. Camille Joseph
  42. Phillip Keane
  43. Suzanne Kessler
  44. Yetta Kurland
  45. Dodge Landesman
  46. Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito
  47. Phillip McCarthy
  48. Matt McMorrow
  49. Michael Mallon
  50. Mike C. Manning
  51. David Mansur
  52. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  53. Troy Masters
  54. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  55. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  56. John Cameron Mitchell
  57. Donny Moss
  58. Barry Mullineaux
  59. Denis O'Hare
  60. America Olivo Campbell
  61. Noah Pfefferbilt
  62. Josue Pierre
  63. Bob Pontarelli
  64. Billy Porter
  65. Hon. Keith Powers
  66. Randy Rainbow
  67. Hon. Gustavo Rivera
  68. Hon. Helen Rosenthal
  69. Maer Roshan
  70. Sheila Rule
  71. Toby Russo
  72. Bill Samuels
  73. James Sansum
  74. Scott Sartiano
  75. Hon. Arthur Schwartz
  76. Lynn Schulman
  77. Cecile Scott
  78. Frank Selvaggi
  79. Rev. Al Sharpton
  80. David Siffert
  81. Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  82. Kathy Slawinski
  83. Tom Smith
  84. Anne Strahle
  85. Hon. Scott Stringer
  86. Wayne Sunday
  87. Hon. Bill Thompson
  88. JD Thompson
  89. Bjorn Thorstad
  90. Hon. Matt Titone
  91. Jessica Walter
  92. Barry Weinberg
  93. Seth Weissman
  94. Hon. Jumaane Williams
  95. Emma Wolfe
  96. Hon. Keith Wright
  97. Zephyr Teachout